All the fall flavors in one bowl, with butternut squash, apple, cauliflower, quick fried crispy sage and cinnamon toasted pumpkin seeds.
Course: Main Course
heavy bottomed stock pot
1largebutternut squash, ends removed, peeled and chopped
16ozcauliflower florets, fresh or frozen
1mediumgolden delicious apple, cored and chopped
15ozlight coconut milk
2Clow sodium vegetable broth
1/4tspcinnamon (+ more for pumpkin seeds)
1largeshallot, finely diced
6 clovesgarlic, finely chopped
1 TBS olive oil (+ more for frying and roasting)
salt and pepper
1/2 tspvanilla sugar(optional)
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high and add in the squash, apple, cauliflower, broth, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne. Bring to a simmer, cover and let it cook for 10-12 minutes, or until everything has softened.
While the veggies simmer, heat a small pan with 1 TBS olive oil over medium heat and saute the shallots and garlic for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Add them into the pot while it all simmers.
Once the veggies are done, use an immersion blender to puree everything in the pot, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
To make the crispy sage: use the same small pan as before and add in as much olive oil is needed to fill the bottom of the pan. Heat over medium-high and once the oil is shimmering, add in sage leaves a few at a time, frying for 10-20 seconds. Remove and place them on a paper towel, and sprinkle with salt.
To make the cinnamon toasted pumpkin seeds: heat the oven to 350 and line a small baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper. Stir together the pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of cinnamon and, if you have it, a sprinkle of vanilla sugar (you can also use brown sugar). Toast in the oven in one layer for 8-10 minutes.
Serve the soup with the toasted pumpkin seeds and crispy sage on top, and enjoy!
This is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze, just wait to make the pumpkin seeds and crispy sage until right before you serve them.
You could also serve this with homemade croutons or foccacia bread.